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P1700i Inverter Generator
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Rating Snapshot(2 reviews)
2 of 2(100%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for P1700i Inverter Generator
Review 1 for P1700i Inverter Generator
Date:December 15, 2008
Excellent Value and Quality
"For the reliability and warranty of a name-brand unit-without the cost of a Honda, this generator is just right. It's quiet, lightweight, and easy to start. This generator is perfect for camping/RV use and running computer equipment. Under the hood, this unit is equivalent to the Robin Subaru 1700i, yet less expensive. Although this generator can be used to charge a 12 volt battery directly, it does not ship with a cable."
"Small, sleek, stores and carries easily, looks sharp, and easy to start! This is a handy little generator to have. Best of all, it's very quiet. The 59 dB sound level makes it one of the quietist units available-- great for in the city, at a picnic, or at a campsite. When in "Auto Power Save" mode, the unit quietly purrs when lightly loaded. Unlike a normal generator that has to run at constant speed to maintain 60 Hz power frequency, this runs at variable speed and uses an electronic inverter to produce the AC output. This makes it quiet and efficient. The unit is handy for running small loads such as lighting, a battery charger, small motors and appliances, and electronic equipment. This generator must be pull-started. Under normal conditions it starts on the first or second pull. Living in Minnesota, we experience temperature extremes. It's started on me in zero-degree weather, whereas an older, larger unit I have won't start at this temperature. You'll be able to find a bargain-priced generator with twice the power rating for half the cost, but the Cummins Onan Inverters are high-quality machines. The average homeowner definitely needs to also have a larger generator available, because you can't run any significant loads on this one, certainly not any heat-producing kitchen appliances (even a full-sized vacuum cleaner overloads it). The model number (1700) is a bit misleading, because you can't gat close to this in terms of load. The specifications are also a bit misleading. The manufacturer's spec sheet states 1400 rated watts and 1600 peak watts, whereas the Costco website information states 1650 peak watts. While not stated, all of these imply a purely resistive load (1.0 power factor, i.e., nothing with a motor on it). The owner's manual gives a rating of 1.35 KVA (1,350 volt-amps), which is at most 1350 watts and even less with a lower power factor. Bottom line: this generator is extremely handy, it looks great, is quiet, and is easy to use. But don't plan to run anything more than light loads on it; you'll need a larger generator for that."